So much fun happened this past weekend as I traveled an hour West with two fellow friend travelers to the small Beach `city` of Puerto Vallarta.
It started off with our hostel host giving us a lift. Due to some confusion and her needing to get to an appt, she dumped us out at a gas station and exclaimed, “Bye, see you Sunday!” and drove off. We walked about 20 or so minutes, asking for directions several times (my Spanish is slowly getting better - so I hope!), finally finding the apartment upon coincidence of our hosts roommate passing us on the street not far from their place and guessing it had to be us. (We stayed with a hoary through the website couchsurfing).
We arrived just in time to see sunset. The view from their two bedroom flat was incredible (pictured). We met their pet dog, Lisa, set our things down and went out to dinner nearby.
After dinner we went to one bar for a drink, then to a club called La Vaquita (see video + caption below). Aside from getting a dead bug (bee?) in my mouth on the first gulp of tequila sunrise - and thinking it was an ice chip, so biting into it - the night really was fantastic.
The next two days were very mellow. We strolled the malecon, beach front boardwalk, enjoyed the beach, window shopping, and getting to know our hosts.
Other highlights include:
▪seeing a rad tiger-dog
▪my go to morning drink: 1 scoop gelato with 1 shot espresso over it
▪sleeping on a giant bear
Our hosts politely gave us a sheet to sleep with and it is the exact pattern -white with roses on it- I envisioned in a guided meditation about one month ago. I couldn’t believe it, I remembered the moment I saw it.
Overall fantastic weekend! Now I am trying to catch a ride inland to Guadalajara for a few days/nights, then onward to Mexico City to meet Tyler and spend 5 romantic nights in a spacious and gorgeous apartment, courtesy of my grandmother! Ah, I feel so lucky. I am going to miss the ocean so much, but I should be back to it by December!
On Friday, in my first Mexican club experience in Puerto Vallarta, I helped consume 2 six liter bowls of tequila sunrise, swung on a swing over a crowd (video), danced so hard my quads were sore, including a dance off with a middle aged man, and practically lost both my voice and my hearing. So fun, so worth it!!
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On Monday we went to Los Isla Marietas, the Marieta Islands. Google them, they’re pretty fascinating!
We went as a small group of 6 in a local man’s boat. The water was crystal clear and blue. We pulled up to the island, what seemed to be a rocky edge in the middle of the ocean, and the boat driver said, `we’ll stop here so you can snorkel.` It didn’t look like much, but the moment you jumped in and put your face under the water, you were basically surrounded by tropical fish; and they weren’t scared of me at all! The area is protected so I’m sure they know they’re safe and used to tourists in their waters. I saw a giant tuna fish, but hear in season there are up to five foot long manta rays!
Soon we realized the hidden Beach we had heard about is one you have to swim into! If the tide is too high you would miss the cave-like entrance entirely. Certainly not a good combo for anyone claustrophobic, but it was very awesome to me and even more gorgeous than I could have imagined.
After snorkeling for awhile the driver took us to another small Beach that the boat could actually pull up to, then back around the Island. We saw a unique bird common to the island that has bright blue feet. We were out exploring for about 5 hours. In returning we were all red from the sun and completely exhausted. Four days later my burn is finally a tan, and boy, if I wasn’t tan before I sure am now!
Heading to Puerto Vallarta this weekend for a fun getaway with two other people staying here in La Cruz with me. It’ll be my first couchsurfing experience. Wish me luck and enjoy your weekend as well!
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to go with my friend Aly to her boyfriends parents house for an evening visit and dinner. They are a Mexican family originally from Mexico city, they have lived in this area now for 26 years.
First of all their cat had just had kittens, hence all the photos of some really precious kitten, all about a week and a half old. I also found a can of Jack Daniels Ginger drink for 20 pesos at the store. That was awesome, of course I had to get it!
Above all though, this felt like a very special experience, even though I was only there for a few short hours. His family does not know a lot of English, but they were all very interested in talking to me. It was a language experience as well, which I appreciated and loved, more than I’m sure anyone realized - I find when you are in an area where you don’t know the language, and people speak your language, they tend to just opt for what you know because they want you to feel comfortable, where in reality I don’t mind the uncomfortable-ness of the whole situation because I want to learn this language! I absolutely love that these people openly invited me into their home, made me feel welcome, and were genuinely interested in getting to know me. I sincerely hope I can go back and visit with them at least one more time before I depart from La Cruz on October 5th.
Last week I attended a potluck birthday party for a boat that turned 80 yrs old. The boat was named The Destiny and was originally built in 1934, but was restored about six or seven years ago. Touring this boat really makes me want to travel at sea at some point. It was glorious and gorgeous! There were two cats on board who have lived eight of their 11 years on the boat, the one cat pictured is named Rustle, spelled like that. The others name was Bad Juju.
As the night went on it was discovered that the owner of the boat had purchased 100 sky lanterns to be able to light off for the event. It was my first experience with sky lanterns, they come perfectly folded up, so you take them out of the packaging and kind of whip them around like you do when you’re trying to get air a bag. This inflate a little bit, then you poke a hole through the wax square that comes with them and attach it to a piece of wire that is on the base of the lantern. Then you light the wax Square, wait for the lantern to continue inflating on its own, and when it’s ready it’ll start lifting off, and you give it a little push to help it out. The traditional meaning behind sky lanterns is that they are meant to represent your hopes and dreams, I’ve seen other people actually write what their hopes and dreams are on the lantern before sending them off. Of course it is not exactly as easy as it sounds, some lanterns don’t lift off right away, others got caught in a palm tree, and at some point a Canadian man pulled out his potato gun and shot down some of them. It was a fun night to say the least and of course there were tons funny jokes thrown around about life having it’s ups and downs.